See Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison and Nicholas Hoult as Tesla in The Current War trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison The Current War

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are great minds, and it’s no secret that the two were at odds with one another. Soon audiences will get to see the two clash in The Current War, an upcoming historical film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. 101 Studios has released the debut trailer filled with the drama surrounding the pioneers of electrical engineering.


Synopsis: Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.

The film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) from a screenplay by Michael Mitnick. It is produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Basil Iwanyk and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.

The Current War will have a limited release on October 4, 2019, and a wide release on October 11, 2019.

101 Studios is a newly formed entertainment company by veteran film and television executives David Glasser and David Hutkin. After The Current War, it will be producing the second season of Taylor Sheridan’s modern-day western series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner.

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